Tardive Dyskinesia and Problems of Assessment

  • Thomas Barnes
  • Tim Kidger


Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a movement disorder first described by Schonecker in 1957. Although spontaneous cases do occur it is most frequently a drug-induced phenomenon. The syndrome was slow to be recognised, partly perhaps because of the natural resistance of clinicians to accept any iatrogenic condition (Crane, 1973a). In addition TD was largely confined to psychotic patients in long-stay wards, probably the population attracting the least intensive medical involvement. Superficially the abnormal movements may resemble schizophrenic stereotypies and clinically the condition is easily overlooked especially as patients rarely complain spontaneously (Paulson, 1975).


Tardive Dyskinesia Current Theme Anticholinergic Drug Neuroleptic Drug Parkinsonian Tremor 
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